Produce Application

Agape Community Farm

Owner: Edward Sedlock Jr

Address:
7607 North Childress Ave
Kansas City, MO 64152
Platte County

daytime phone: (253) 376-0833
evening phone: (253) 376-0833

Application Date: 2018-03-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am a new farmer (retiring from the Army) with degree in Environmental Sciences from The Ohio state University. I was raised on what we now call naturally grown vegetables and fruits, as my mom and dad and their parents sought after conservation,sustainability,crop rotation and zero pesticide usage. I want to provide the same opportunities, training and health benefits I received for my family and Community of friends.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I am going through a certification in Agriscaping to become an Agriscaping Certified Educator, and CNG came up in conversation - especially for those who participate in our food co-op

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS 2 wheel tractor, broadfork in between successive plantings followed by power harrow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
currently, winter rye and vetch. I intend to use red/white clover as a cover during the planting season.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on-farm; local grass clippings and leaves were used last year and I intend to do the same this year. We also use our kitchen scraps. All weeds will be composted as well.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
Cpompost is composted with manure for 3 - 5 months and then spread at a depth of 2 inches every other year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Horse manure from the Fort Leavenworth Horse Farm
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
2 inches every other year
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Varies; when composting process is complete, the compost (no longer manure) will be ready to spread, especially in between succession planings.
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
I will use Rock lime to raise my soil PH; 7lbs per 100sf. I don't have a product brand name yet,I haven't purchased yet.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Yes I have weeds problems. I will test out several methods of control this year. 1. Cover cropping in between raised beds 2. Straw mulching between raised beds 3. Weed fabric 4. Weed plastic
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
I am really taking a plant-healthy approach by making sure I amend the soil as best I can and feed plants with foliar sprays of compost tea and fish emulsion each month. However, likely challenges include 1. cabbage caterpillars - I will use row covers and BT 2. Japanese beetles - I am not sure what to do with these 3. Slugs - Diatomaceous Earth
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Not sure of diseases yet; I am really focusing on plant healthy remedies - compost tea etc... I know I will have to battle blight for my tomatoes... To combat this I have practiced companion planting with my hot and sweet peppers and different tomato variants. I have about 2-3 feet between plants to ensure circulation. I also rotated where my tomatoes were grown from last year and had a cover crop planted during the fall/winter season. I purchased and germinated my own organic tomato variants trying to select the most hardy and disease resistant varieties (Totally Tomato's). Promoting plant health with mulching and foliar applications of fish emulsion and compost tea. My potatoes and cucumbers will likely be faced with blight/fungus issues... In my plan, I cover cropped and rotated my planting location. I have ensured proper spacing and have cleaned rows as much as I could prevent buildup of too much moisture. I plan to mulch all crops as the summer continues to ensure positive plant-health. Additionally I will use foliar sprays of fish emulsion and compost tea. With respect to fruit trees: I ensured I mulched them well this spring. Additionally I cleaned my pruning equipment as I pruned. Finally - I pruned the trees to ensure wind circulation and good sun-light exposure for the inner portions of the fruit trees.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water and Rain water run-off
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
N/A - I use Kellogg Brand potting mix: Ingredients: INGREDIENTS:This product is regionally formulated with organic materials (including one or more of the following: Processed Forest Products, Recycled Forest Products, Arbor Fines, Peat Humus or Compost), Horticultural Perlite, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted Poultry Manure, Sand, Ground Dolomitic Limestone (pH-adjuster), Worm Castings, Bat Guano, Kelp Meal and Organic Fertilizer.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
There are no conventional farming operations surrounding the properties I am farming, only residences. At my leased property, my farm is next to homes who DO NOT use herbicides and synthetics. At my home - both my neighbors use synthetics to help them have green lawns. I grow over 100' away from both and am in the process of growing tree lines to help isolate my fields from both neighboring properties and the rural residential road I am on.

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I look forward to this program if accepted. Since I am a new farmer, but experienced grower I intend to use the CNG standards to build my operational standards around.